For full programme information, head to www.nus.org.uk/studenteats
Benefits of the programme include a measurable positive impact on participants’ attitudes and behaviours with regards to the food they grow, eat, buy and/or sell; this can include a reduction in stress and supporting positive mental wellbeing; support of food enterprises that provide students with vital employability skills; engaging academics in sustainability, including provision of outdoor learning.
In the last seven years, through Student Eats, we have supported on-campus food growing spaces and/or social enterprises trading sustainable food at c.100 universities and colleges. Ten of these groups have received awards in connection with their growing projects, including Green Gowns, Local Food Heroes, Soil Association and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awards. Student Eats was a Finalist of the Local Food Recognition award, and won a prestigious Silver Gilt medal at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.
Student Eats growing membership is a free network of student-led growing spaces that shares and learns together. Useful resources, including a sowing calendar to harvest crops in term time, will be shared with all members along with possible opportunities to access small pots of funding. If you have a growing space on campus, please join by marking this option on the sign up form.
If you would like more support or training with setting up and running a growing space, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can design something bespoke for you for a fee.